Friday, April 28, 2017

Birding Tour in Arfak Mountains for May 2017

Cicinnurus magnificus
I will conduct a birdwatching tour in Arfak mountains of Manokwari based on the following itinerary:
High Elevation Forest of Arfak mountains
11 May
We will begin our hiking and birdwatching trip in Arfak mountains by getting travel permit from local police station and by buying some fresh food materials in a traditional market of Manokwari. After that, we go directly to Arfak mountains by 4WD car. If we arrive before 3 p.m. we will stil be able to watch Vogelkop Bowerbird (Amblyornis innornata)

Amblyornis innornata
12 May
We will wake up early in the morning to watch Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata). Sometimes, Cinnamon Ground Dove (Gallicolumba rufigula) walks into the same dancing ground of the birds.  After that we will explore the forest to find Feline Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles insignis) and see unique vegetation of Arfak mountains. In the afternoon, we will walk into the jungle to spend one night at the house of a villager located in the middle of the jungle that is close to the birding ground of Magnificent BOP.

Parotia sefilata
13 May
We will wake up early in the morning at 05.00 to walk to the birding hut of Magnificent Birds of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus), most often birds such as Spotted Catbird, Blackfantail and Wattled Brush-turkey comes to the same birding ground.

14 May
Hiking to the top of Mount Soyti of Arfak mountains

15 May
We will do review of our birding activities where we will choose to watch birds that we haven't seen well.

16 May
Birding walk to Maibri village.

17 May
In the morning, we will watch Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)

18 May
We will try to find Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba)  and Mask Bowerbird, Plum faced Lorikeet (Oreopsittacus arfaki) and other birds that are endemic to Arfak mountains

19 May
We will do some birding walk along the ridge of the mountain in the morning
After lunch we will be transferred to Manokwari city by 4WD car.
End of Tour

There are still 2 seats available for tourists who are interested in joining the tour. Please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text message/whatsapp message to: +6281332245180.
Please, consider the above itinerary as reference only, we will adjust it based on the weather condition.

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